A video posted by a man named Francesco DaDon Guglielmette yet again shines light on police brutality and abuse of authority.
Guglielmette was roaming about with a camera on hand when he encountered a group of Memphis police officers standing beside a squad car.
It’s not clear from the video exactly what the cops were standing there doing, but apparently it was something they did not want recorded. One of the police officers, on noticing Guglielmette filming them, told him to get “on the sidewalk” as apparently, the sidewalk “is made to walk, not to stay.”
Even when Guglielmette took away his lens from the cops, an officer still kept pursuing him and kept telling him to keep moving. Moments later, the footage started veering uncontrollably, as the cop allegedly grabbed Guglielmette, making him drop his camera.
As the camera is picked up by someone else, the black man is seeing lying on the ground with hands held behind his back as the police officers arrest him.
“Someone broke in to my lil brother home...I get a phone call to go check on his mom,” Guglielmette claims in the post. “We the ones who called the police... They were just mad because I was recording them abusing their authority.”
According to Guglielmette, he was taken to the police station where “he was treated like an animal.”
It isn’t clear what Guglielmette’s crime was but if it was just the presence of a lens in the vicinity of a police officer, then that is no crime.
The Memphis Police Department updated its public recording policy in 2013 which stated that “recognizes that members of the general public have a First Amendment right to video record, photograph, and/or audio record MPD members while members are conducting official business or while acting in an official capacity in any public space, unless such recordings interfere with police activity.”
This isn’t the first instance where law enforcement officers have arrested someone for no reason. Last month, a mailman on his rounds was arrested because an unmarked car filled with cops almost flattened him. Just a few days ago, a cop was recorded beating up a man over a tomato he bought.
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